Canada Will Stop Requiring a Negative COVID-19 Test for Fully Vaccinated Travelers Arriving in Canada, from April 1, 2022. Travelers will still be subject to Canada's vaccine mandate for air travel and cruises, and may still be subject to random testing upon arrival, and will still need to fill out a mobile or online form called ArriveCan.
The change in pre-arrival testing doesn’t apply to people who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, who will remain subject to the negative Covid-19 test requirement or have to provide proof that that they recently recovered from an infection. Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated arrivals also are required to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and another test about a week later. In most cases they must also quarantine for fourteen days.
Currently, all arrivals to Canada, both returning residents and visitors, must show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test before boarding their flight to Canada. The requirement has been an expensive inconvenience for many travelers, since self-administered antigen tests from drugstores aren't valid; the antigen test must be administered or observed by a pharmacy, lab, healthcare entity or a telehealth service, such as Abbott's BinaxNOW Covid test.
The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable called the testing requirement a “non-science-based” hurdle and a “significant deterrent, discouraging…travel into Canada.”
When Will the U.S. Follow Canada's Lead?
Unlike Canada, the U.S. continues to require all air arrivals, both visitors and U.S. residents, to have a negative COVID-19 result from a test administered the day prior to traveling to the U.S., even if the traveler is fully vaccinated. The rule has had the effect of deterring many Americans from international travel given the inconvenience should they be unable to return on time, without preventing COVID-19 spread within the country, since no test is required for domestic U.S. travel, nor is a test required for travelers entering the U.S. by car. Unfortunately the U.S. so far has shown no sign of dropping its pre-arrival COVID-19 test requirement.
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